Assistantships in Metropolitan France and Overseas Departments for 2016-2017

Applications for 2016-2017 will open on 14 September 2015.


This programme is aimed at students who intend to become French or English language teachers, or teachers with little to no experience. It is not meant for experienced teachers.

This programme is now also open to students of other disciplines (such as commerce, medicine, engineering) who can demonstrate a competence in French but seek to increase their linguistic and cultural proficiency. To apply, students must have completed at least two years of university studies at the time of appointment (ie. October 2016).

In their applications, candidates are given the opportunity to express a preferred geographical location and an educational sector.

Positions available

About 50 positions are offered to Australian nationals.

Eligibility criteria

Candidates must be Australian citizens. Permanent residents are not eligible.

Candidates should be between 20 and 35 years of age at the time of taking up their positions (from 1 October 2016).

Candidates must be enrolled at university at the time of application. Candidates must have completed at least two years of university studies.

Candidates must have some knowledge of French in order to be able to communicate easily in everyday life.

Candidates should preferably be single, as the salary of an assistant is not adequate to support dependents.


Candidates may request the age group that they would prefer to work with. Although every effort will be made to take these choices into account, the French authorities CANNOT guarantee that requests will be met.

Primary School - 7 months

A seven-month contract from 1 October 2016 until 30 April 2017
A 12-hour per week schedule at a maximum of three different schools
Working with children aged 8-11
The assistant will be expected to organise oral expression activities on their own with small groups of students or to work alongside the teacher in attendance.
Good level of French required

Secondary School (junior high school or high school)

A seven-month contract from 1 October 2016 until 30 April 2017
Working with students aged 11-18
The assistant will organise oral expression activities on their own with small groups of students or work alongside the teacher with the whole class in attendance.

Gross monthly allowance: €964.88

Role of the Assistant

Tasks to be carried out by the assistant include:

  • Providing help in the classroom in oral and written English with small groups of students for 12 hours every week. The assistant’s timetable may be shared between two schools.
  • Providing linguistic and cultural assistance to teachers.
  • Making recordings on tape for the audio-visual resources of the school’s library.

Studying in France

Language assistants can only enroll as non-registered students in a French university due to the type and duration of their visa (D). This means the assistant is not allowed to take exams. Thus French universities can only issue a « certificate of attendance » which may be validated by the assistant’s home university.

Social security

Assistants are covered by the French Social Security system from the time they take up their position (1 October 2016) until the end of their assistantship. Travel to and from France is the responsibility of the assistant. A monthly salary of around 965 Euros in metropolitan France, and of about 1250-1370 Euros in the overseas Departments (Guadeloupe,Martinique,French Guyana and La Réunion) is provided.
Accommodation is at the assistant’s expenses.
For further practical information, please visit the CIEP’S website.


Download your application form.

Applications should include:

  1. 2 copies of the completed application form
  2. 2 passport photos stapled to the application forms with the candidate’s full name at the back of the picture
  3. 2 copies of the university transcripts and the degrees obtained (if applicable)
  4. 2 copies of the medical form (p. 9 of the application form)
  5. 2 copies of the passport ID page (the passport must be valid until December 2017)
  6. 2 copies of 2 teacher’s appraisals (pp. 7-8 of the application form) - the forms must be signed by the teachers and stamped by the university

Applications should reach the Embassy by close of business on 14 December 2015

Send to:

Ariane Defreine
Embassy of France
Higher Education Office - English Language Assistants in France
6 Perth Avenue
ACT 2600

Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. Please ensure all copies are collated and stapled together and that there are no loose sheets or photos with your application.

NB: Cancellation of an appointment, except for valid medical or family reasons (certificate required) will disqualify the candidate from applying the following year.

Candidates will be informed of the result of their applications by May/June 2016.

Once selected - what’s next

Information will be available once the selection has been made.

Please consider applying for the English language assistantship programme in New Caledonia

Dernière modification : 16/03/2015

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